Instagram Travel Photography Contest – Mountains

This winner in last week’s photography contest is Darren Clarke! He won for his photo of prayer flags in Nepal. He will be getting a $200 voucher to use on a trip with G Adventures and a year of photo hosting on Smugmug.

The theme for this week is: holidays and festivals.

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Dorset and East Devon Coast

Dorset and East Devon Coast

From the World Heritage inscription for Dorset and East Devon Coast: Located on the south coast of England, the property comprises eight sections along 155 km of coast. The property has a combination of geological, palaeontological and geomorphological features. These include a variety of fossils, a beach renowned for its pebbles and textbook examples of …

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Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape  UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription: The landscapes of Cornwall and west Devon were radically reshaped during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by deep mining for predominantly copper and tin. The remains of mines, engines houses, smallholdings, ports, harbors, canals, railways, tramroads, and industries allied to mining, along with new towns and villages reflect an extended …

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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription: Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire, was designed by John Vanbrugh. The English nation presented the site to John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory in 1704 over French and Bavarian troops, a victory which decided the future of the Empire and, in doing so, made him a …

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The Great Slowening or Why I’m Going to Take a Break From Traveling for a Few Months

I’m taking this advice
I’m tired.

I am writing this in a hostel in London. My feet are sore, my back hurts and I still want to sleep after having slept for 10 hours. I’ve just finished the big World Travel Market show in London and I’m exhausted.

I’ve been to 35 countries and territories this year already. That includes a 12,000 mile road trip this summer which took almost 3 months. Last year I visited 44 countries.

I’ve now been traveling for 2,793 consecutive days. Over the last 7.5 years I’ve been to 175 countries and territories. Not only do I travel more than most people, I travel more than any other blogger or travel writer that I know of.

That isn’t a complaint. I’ve seen and done more during that time than many people do in their life. I’ve swam with sharks, bungee jumped and have had the pleasure to have taken amazing photos from all 7 continents. The decision to travel full time is probably the best decision I’ve ever made.

However, it hasn’t come without a cost.

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